The Peanuts 1966 Halloween special was written by Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz and directed by Bill Melendez, who also provided the voice for Snoopy. This was the third Peanuts special and it was nominated for an Emmy. The special has gone on to become considered a Halloween classic.
When it’s time for the Peanuts gang to go Trick or Treating, Linus decides to stay back and wait for the fabled “Great Pumpkin” down at the Pumpkin patch.
While Linus is vigilant, Charlie Brown’s Halloween evening is not going so great. He ruined his Ghost costume and instead of candy, got a rock.
“I got a rock.”
Snoopy, as the WWI Flying Ace, battles the Red Baron, and later ends up in the Pumpkin patch, only to be mistaken by Linus for the Great Pumpkin.
The next morning, when Charlie Brown attempts to console Linus about the Great Pumpkin not showing up, Linus becomes adamant and declares that the Great Pumpkin with definitely show up next year!
As always with the Peanuts specials, there is a mix of sarcastic and dry wit mixed with occasional optimism. There is something to be said about the tenacity of all of the Peanuts gang, especially Linus in this special.
McDonald’s has brought back Happy Meal Trick or Treat Pails this year themed after It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
Just 8 days until Halloween!
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